A huge fight involving 22 students happened at John Harris High School in Harrisburg.
According to a statement from the Harrisburg, PA district superintendent, school officials found a fight outside of the lunchroom at Scott Middle School on Tuesday around noon and one student was injured.
The statement said that the Harrisburg School District will be suspending/expulsing any students found responsible for the vandalism of multiple buildings.
The lack of violence or inappropriate behavior should be respected and attended to in the yards of any school.
The district has hired a Director of School Police Officers. This will help the district build relationships between themselves, law enforcement, students, families and the school community
Harrisburg Bureau of Police offers extra security to Harrisburg School District
In a press release, Carter stated that students need to have a safe and community-driven learning environment in order to thrive.
Harrisburg Police have offered to collaborate with the school district security staff. Together, they hope to provide incident-handling skills that will enable the staff to respond swiftly and appropriately.
The principal said that he’s disappointed and troubled by the violence of this incident. It will not be tolerated on school grounds because acts of violence are extremely upsetting. Appropriate behavior will be enforced.
The first step is to use the most serious disciplinary actions possible. The students involved in the fight could face suspension or expulsion.
The superintendent said that the district is working closely with the mayor and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police to provide safety for students at the high school.
The City of Harrisburg, Pa spoke more about the partnership on Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve seen the video at this point and it’s terrible. The Commissioner Carter has quoted the magnitude of what happened was unconscionable. We need to get involved.”
The city police will be finishing up more patrols of the John Harris campus. Patrols can also be given to other buildings within the district, upon request.
Mayor Williams is committed to providing a safe, community-driven environment for the students so that they may receive quality learning.
The district is realizing it needs better response to giant iceberg
Harrisburg police officers have offered to train school security staff in order to help them properly deal with situations such as Wednesday’s fight.
Maisel said, “They go through police academies and interact with people at risk of violence.”
Dr. Kevin Dolphin, who runs Breaking the Chainz, a grassroots organization that works with at-risk youth, is saddened by violence rates among Harrisburg youth.
The violence has continued to increase and many people are faced with situations they are not equipped to handle.
A joint effort from the city, community groups and schools is needed to make a difference.
The superintendent in this letter reports that the district hired someone to bridge relations with law enforcement and to build relationships between the district, families, students, and other community members.
After the incident, Turman finished by showing support to students and asked for the support of their families.